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Ask the Expert: Determining lures for different moth species

March 29, 2019 By
QUESTION: We have a large home that has webbing clothes moth traps. Recently, we found some of the traps with clothes moth, Indianmeal moths and a moth we don’t recognize. Are all these moths attracted to the same lure? —FLUSTERED... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Cigarette Beetle, Bagworms & Termites

March 8, 2016 By
Q: We found a cigarette beetle problem in a conference room. A thorough inspection failed to locate a source. We’ve inspected adjoining rooms, but haven’t found anything. We did find beetles in the conference room’s drop ceiling, however. Above the... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Fly maggots , Hypoponera ants and drain fly

January 21, 2016 By
Q: A woman died in an apartment complex I service. She was dead for nine days before someone found her. Now a neighbor is complaining about fly maggots crawling into his unit. I’ve been asked to do something about it... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Beetles, Cockroaches and Rats

December 21, 2015 By
Q: A homeowner just purchased new wall-to-wall carpeting, but she’s finding black carpet beetles (Attagenus unicolor) in the carpet, on the stairs and other places in the newly carpeted rooms. The carpeting is nylon, just like the old carpeting, but... Read more»
Citronella ants (Acanthomyops spp.)

Ask the Expert: Citronella & Carpenter Ants, Drain Flies and Lygaeids

November 25, 2015 By
Q: Citronella ants (Acanthomyops spp.) are swarming in an operating room (OR) at a local hospital. What can I do about them? The OR is currently shut down. —Richard H., New Hampshire A: Citronella ants nest in the soil. I’d... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Black Carpet Beetles, Horse Barns and Maggot Management

November 3, 2015 By
Q: Recently, an older apartment building had new windows installed. One of the tenants has complained about black carpet beetles coming from the window. She says she sees them flying up and down the hall. I can deal with the... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Digger Bees, Bird Mites and June Beetles

September 18, 2015 By
Q: I’m dealing again with “digger bees” in lawns. I’ve failed before. What’s the best way to treat for these pests? They seem to show up in the same lawns every year. What can be done to prevent attacks in the... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Mosquitoes, Termites and Millipedes

September 3, 2015 By
Q. A homeowner has mosquito problems in two bathrooms and a laundry room, which abut one another on a slab. The lawn outside is usually wet and soggy. I don’t believe the mosquitoes are entering from outside, but I can’t find... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Bed Bugs, Grain Beetles, Termites and Rats

July 22, 2015 By
Q. What are the pros and cons of heat treatments for bed bug control? I have had great success with thorough residual applications. A university I service asked about heat for dorm rooms. What do you think? JOHN B., ARIZONA A. Heat... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Black Blow Flies, Bed Bugs and Lice

July 2, 2015 By
Q. A business customer is finding black blow flies in its offices. A restaurant two doors away (all of the buildings are attached) recently had a rat problem. Rodenticides were used, and we were told a large number of rat carcasses... Read more»
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